Shade sheds are a brilliant idea for your outdoors, since they help in blocking harmful sunlight that can keep you from enjoying the gorgeous outdoors. However, correct installation of shade sheds is important to reap their benefits, which also include affordability and durability.
Things to consider before installation shade sheds
Keep the following in mind before you begin your DIY project of sail shades installation.
- Size of the shade sail-Your shade sail should be able to cover the entire area that you plan to have your outdoor seating in. Thus, measure your requisite area end to end and accordingly get the correct size of shade sheds.
- Strength of anchor points-Shade sheds would need to be anchored to strong, stable structures. A lot of times, anchor points already exist in your architectural design. For instance, you could have pergolas, a sundeck, a nearby tree, or even a fascia. Check that these anchor points have the requisite stability to hold the shade sheds. If you are doubtful, consult an engineer or an architectural expert before going ahead with your installation.
- Can you install posts-For shade sheds installation, you would also need to install one or more posts or poles, depending on the size of the area being covered. You need firm ground to install posts. If you have sound ground, dig a small hole, and use gravel to provide it the necessary firmness.
How to install shade sheds
- The first step in shade sheds installation is to measure and mark where all posts need to be.
- Once you have marked the position of posts, drill holes in the post and screw the anchor fittings in the holes.
- Next, tighten the anchor fittings, and fit turnbuckles to your shade shed.
- You need to attach the corners of your shade shed now to the installed poles.
- The remaining corner of the shade shed needs to be attached to the remaining pole. By now, you should have a basic shade shed installation complete.
- However, to lend it greater stability, you might decide to give it extra support. For that, loop a rope through the shade cloth, look for support structures around, and tie this tope around the structure. See that the support structures are strong enough to tolerate strong winds and the likes.
Maintenance of shade shades
While installation of shade shades can be a task, maintaining them is not quite so. At any point of time, if you feel your sail shade is looking dirty, get some mild detergent, clean water, and get to the task. You don’t have to scrub the cloth. Use a hose pope and gentle pressure to take the dirt of the cloth.
When cleaning sail shades, make sure you never use abrasive agents. Thus, no use of harsh cleaning agents or the likes is permitted. While most fabrics will dry out naturally in sunlight, if you are experiencing wet conditions, make sure you give it enough time before you put it to use back again.
Over time, the fabric of your sail shades might begin to fade. While high-quality shades offer you a longer lifespan, eventually, they fade too. There is nothing you can do about the fading. However, make sure you replace your sail shades as soon as possible when you notice fading. Fading decreases the ability of shades to block harmful UV rays. Thus, sitting under a faded shade for too long can be dangerous for your overall health.